§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to state the number of Government subsidies given to each branch of the fishing industry since 1939 up to the last convenient date, setting out the nature, date, and value in money, of each.
Government subsidies provided for fishermen in near and middle waters, including inshore fishermen, since 1939 are as follows:
£ 1. Grants under the Herring Industry Act, 1944, for the provision of boats and equipment (United Kingdom) for1946 to 1953 0.4 million 2. Grants under the Inshore Fishing Industry Act, 1945, for the provision of boats and equipment (Great Britain) from1946 to 1952 0.8 million 3. Grants under the White Fish and Herring Industries Act, 1953, for the acquisition of boats and engines (Great Britain) from 1953 to date (including estimate for 1956–57) (a) through the White Fish Authority 3.3 million (b) through the Herring Industry Board 0.2 million 4. Subsidy to the White Fish Industry (United Kingdom) from 1950 to date (including estimate for 1956–57) 13.6 million [Paid from 1st August, 1953, under the White Fish and Herring Industries Act, 1953.] 5. Grants to the Herring Industry Board in respect of the Herring Oil and Meal Scheme under the White Fish and Herring Industries Acts, 1948 and 1953, and the Fisheries Act, 1955 (United Kingdom) from 1948 to date(including estimate for 1956–57) 2.6 million Total subsidies £20.9 million